Heavy Weather Sailing – High Wind Sailing Techniques

Heavy Weather Sailing. You can’t avoid heavy weather – squalls and even storms pop up unexpectedly. We once had a Tropical Storm pop up and we had absolutely no warning. So…if you’re going to become a Bluewater cruiser it’s important to know what options you have bad weather strikes.

When we get hit with heavy weather or high winds – say above 30 knots, we furl the headsail into the first reef or second. When the weather gets really bad and our headsail is too large for the conditions (even when reefed), we have the ability to furl in the headsail in completely, and then move a stay from the side of the boat up to the front so to use a staysail. So, with our rigging configuration, we can essentially turn our boat into a cutter rig. A rig that has two headsails.

The staysail is a smaller sail and can handle heavier weather conditions. Watch the video to listen to Simon explain our thought process on heavy weather and check out our rig configuration. If you haven’t purchased a boat yet it’s important to consider what your options are when heavy weather, storms, and squalls hit.

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